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3.91  ·  Rating details ·  10,492 ratings  ·  528 reviews
When she hears that her younger brother Danny has committed suicide, Sayre Lynch relents from her vow never to return to Destiny, the small Louisiana town in which she grew up. She plans to leave immediately after the funeral, but instead soon finds herself drawn into the web cast by Huff Hoyle, her controlling and tyrannical father, the man who owns the town’s sole indust ...more
Hardcover, 419 pages
Published August 17th 2004 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2004)
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S.J. Tyson Because he was trying to bring in a union to the foundry, and Huff didn't want that. Beck's father was causing him too much trouble by not backing…moreBecause he was trying to bring in a union to the foundry, and Huff didn't want that. Beck's father was causing him too much trouble by not backing down about it. (less)

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Okay so it has happened. I have stumbled upon a Sandra Brown book that hasn't blown me away. It will be added to my liked it but didn't love it shelf.

I finished it the other day and have been trying to figure out what really didn't work for me and honestly, it wasn't any one thing.

I liked the main characters. Beck was sexy and mysterious, Sayre was sassy and had a back bone and the side characters were interesting enough.

The plot had intrigue and had me wondering but when it all came together
I'm happily adding this author to my go to list. Always quick to deliver romantic suspense, smouldering heat is always at the fore with her her storylines, it's always there. I like a strong female character, and Sayre (pronounces as rhyming with chair, or with two syllables with a southern accent) was the one here. What a skilled narrator! Characters were voices separately to the very smooth narration, I could listen to this guy all day. His voice was calm but always in control. Lots of charact ...more
Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
So this was the first Sandra Brown book that I ever read and was the one that started my obsession with her books! To this day it remains one of my favourite books of all time.

Huff is a manipulative tycoon with the town of Destiny Louisiana in his pocket.

Sayre, Huffs estranged daughter, returns to Destiny following the death of her brother Danny. There she must confront her father, her remaining brother Chris, and the new family lawyer Beck Merchant, after there is suspicion to believe her broth
Jul 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense, romance
My first Sandra Brown novel was a perfect experience. Thanks to Linda Howard, I started to read more suspense novels and it is slowly pushing down other genres on my favorite list.

White Hot is a story about small town people, mystery and corruption that will keep you wondering what happened and who is a bad guy until the very end. It is a bit longer novel, but every page would be worth your time. Other than the great story, main thing why I enjoyed it this much are characters. Adults who are a
Feb 03, 2015 rated it liked it
2.5 but I will round it up to 3 as she can write.

This one was a disappointment. Although when I saw Sharon's review I should have known that I would not LOVE it as I have noticed that the SB books that we have read, we more or less have the same opinion about them.

There was chemistry between the heroine and the hero but my main problem was that they were rarely together in the book. I swear they were only interacting for about 10% of the book. And the book was way too long. I was getting bored.

Nov 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
One of my favorites by Sandra Brown. Both leads were intriguing and effortlessly pulled me into their complicated world on the verge of exploding. Sayre is a fantastic female lead, both strong and vulnerable, and it was great to watch her battle both her own and her family's demons. Huff, her father, filled the role of the tyrannical father perfectly, but as readers we were also invited deep enough to see how damaged he was and watch this mountain of a man fall apart as his world crumbled. And B ...more
May 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of exciting audio books
Another awesome narration by Victor Slezak. The heroine's southern accent didn't always work for me, but otherwise it was perfect. The story is chock full of crazy: corrupt old Southern family doing all sorts of horrible things. Lots of fun twists and a hot romance. I don't know if I would have enjoyed it if I'd read it, but Slezak could make a pamphlet on savings bonds sound sexy.
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
Classic Sandra Brown with twists & turns leading to a shocking reveal near the end. I was held captivated and couldn't put it down until I finished. Another Must Read by a Master! Full review to come.
Jun 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, thriller, romance
One of my favorite reasons to read Sandra Brown is that I know that there will be at least one or two surprises, even if I feel like I've figured it all out. "White Hot" did not disappoint in that regard. I wouldn't say the small town foundry with the crooked ownership lording over beleaguered workers is my favorite set up of hers, but it worked. This one was light on the romance, but I did enjoy a genuine connection between Sayre and Beck - it was rooted in compassion for people and that's so m ...more
Review Date: 10/28/2008

"OOOOH YESSS...WHITE HOT is Entertainment at it's BEST.....!
WHITE HOT wondrously written by none other than the legionary talents of a True trail blazer& Gifted prodigy ...SANDRA BROWN!
(((much)) props to the beautiful the eloquent....SANDRA BROWN...!

You'll notice specially while listening on AUDIO....
WHITE HOT flames sparkles ...Tenaciously & Teasingly and yummmm what a nice savory Intense Kick it has!
..Yes indeed...Most definitely some will find that the AUDIO
Overall rating: 5 "Who the hell is the bad guy" stars!

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Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
I’m sad to this this book didn’t do it for me... very slow and I wasn’t a fan :/
Rachel Kovacs
Apr 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Sandra Brown holds true to the genre with main characters who tantalize the reader with their dangerous attraction. The two characters begin as enemies: Sayre, the estranged daughter who comes home only after her brother's death, and Beck, her father's lawyer and confidant. Sayre is on a mission to close the family business down because of the unscrupulous business deals that she does not want associated with her name. Beck is assigned to keep his eye on her and "handle" her if she causes proble ...more
Sayre Lynch returns to Louisiana for her brother's funeral. She left home years before vowing never to return. There she meets the family's new lawyer, Beck Merchant. When the police decide that her brother's death was not suicide but homicide she ends up staying longer. Sayre is then forced to confront past demons.

I read this book for several reasons. First, I found out it is going to be a movie on Hallmark. Cool! So second, it fit a few challenges I have chose to participate in. Third, it's be
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 just wasn't into Sandra Brown stars. It was okay, and wasn't a waste of my time but when you are used to sheer literary genius time and time again, this can't be anything but a disappointment. It felt cliche and predictable and at the same time so far fetch with other elements. My feelings are hard to describe but I read it and I will never regret reading a Sandra Brown story but this certainly was nowhere near her other books that I think are outstanding.

Some elements were very visual and
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
I love Sandra Brown.. and darn it I just about worked this one out. Well, was on the right track anyway with concealed identities and characters not being what they seemed. But i will say at over 600 pages I thought this one could have been edited by about 100 pages and it wouldn't have detracted from the overall plot.

3.5 stars.
Mar 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Excellent suspense/mystery! I couldn't wait to get to the end to find out if a certain person or persons got their just desserts!!

From the dust jacket:

"When she hears that her younger brother Danny has committed suicide, Sayre Lynch relents from her vow never to return to Destiny, the small Louisiana town in which she grew up. She plans to leave immediately after the funeral, but instead soon finds herself drawn into the web cast by Huff Hoyle, her controlling and tyrannical father, the man who
Apr 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
In Sandra Brown's White Hot, she gave us a white hot romantic suspense that exploded with lots of tension and action. When Sayre Lynch learned about her brother's suicide, she vowed never to return to her hometown of Destiny, Louisiana. She discovered that things never changed with her controlling father who ran the foundry, and that Beck Merchant, was their newest partner in crime. As Sayre investigated the dealing of the laborers in the machine, she dealt with Beck and white hot sparks fly bet ...more
Sep 17, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: bored housewives
Yeah. So I got this book for free, and, as we know, I will read anything. This book got one star because I am not computer savvy enough to give it half a star. It may be trying to be a romance novel. It may be trying to be a mystery. It is failing on both levels. Hm. Poorly played, Sandra. Poorly played. You'd think I'd know better....
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.25 stars
Jan 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not great literature, but still a story that holds your attention. Brown’s writing makes you think you are experiencing the hot humid days of Louisiana’s bayou country. It’s enough to drive someone to kill. The sexual tension between Sayre and Beck adds to the reading pleasure, and a twist made the book quite enjoyable.
Linda Kilgren
Sep 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Dysfuctional is a mild word to describe the family named Hoyle, led by the evil patriarch Huff Hoyle. Ms. Brown smoothly tkes us into Huff's past as a child, where he witnesses his father being murdered by a man not unlike his adult self. Although this even provides us with motivation for the things that Huff Hoyle does, one doesn't feel sorry for him, nor does it make us justify his behavior.

The heroine, Sayre Lynch, hates Huff so much that at times her decisions are not wise. For example, she
Jul 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
Sayre Lynch left Destiny, Louisiana, a small town where she grew up, vowing never to return. Sayre started a new life as far away as possible from her controlling father and older brother Chris. However, after ten years Sayre returns for the funeral of her younger brother, Danny, after being told he committed suicide. While at the funeral, Sayre meets her family's newest partner in crime, Beck Merchant, a shady lawyer. Sayre takes an immediate disliking to Beck, but she is forced to have close c ...more
Robin Loves Reading
Oct 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
It never changes with Sandra Brown - you are hooked by the first chapter or or two of any novel she writes, then you can barely put then book down until completion. It's really impossible to guess who the bad guy is - ever, because when it comes to writing intrigue, Ms. Brown just about holds the patent.

WHITE HOT is the story of one man's success in owning a manufacturing company that is the livelihood of a town called Destiny, Louisiana. All of the men in the story seem nefarious in one way or
Mahoghani 23
This is one family I would never want anything to do with. The father is ruthless, shows favoritism, racist, greedy and mean beyond comparison. The oldest son is just like his father but he committed the one sin his father couldn't condone. His daughter left the family and hadn't seen them in ten years until a tragic incident brought her back to her horrific past. His youngest child was the most compliant and kinder of the three kids but didn't help him much in the family.

The storyline is truly
Jul 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
All I can really say is wow. There was a whole lot of family drama, murder, and webs of lies in this book. Huff was a poor twisted soul, a man made by the sorry life he lead and choices he made along the way in his life. Sayre was a woman who had her choices taken away from her by a man who had to have it his way and only his way. Chris was a spoiled, selfish a**hole who only thought from between his legs and wanted to always be #1 in the eyes of his father. Beck on the other hand was the best s ...more
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First book that I have read by Sandra Brown and I really enjoyed it. The story takes place in a small town called, Destiny, in Louisiana. Which involves a company, Hoyle Industries. The youngest of the Hoyle family in found in a fishing camp, owned by the family dead. At first it is called a suicide, but Danny's sister, Sayre Lynch(Hoyle) come back home for his funeral. She doesn't think that Danny would have killed himself. That is where the story becomes interesting and I'm writing out the who ...more
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
mijn eerste boek die ik las van sandra nederl is de tittel DE CONFRONTATIE..
gaat over sayre linch die haar kleine dorp heeft verlaten om nooit meer teruge te keren,
ze loopt weg van haar overheersende vader en oudste broer,,todat haar jongere broer zelfmoord
pleegt en ze terug gaat voor de begravenis.
daar ontmoet ze Beck Merchant die het hulpje is van haar vader.
ze blijft in het grote huis van haar ouders om erachter te komen waarom haar broer zelfmoord heeft gepleegt en komt achter een
Susan (the other Susan)
Update: Rereading (relistening, actually, because Seeing Red reminded me of just how much I had been missing Victor Slezak as this author's go-to narrator.

It's not easy to find the unabridged audio (Audible only has the abridged version) but if you can find it, get it. This was the first Sandra Brown-Victor Slezak pairing I listened to, and he perfectly characterizes the mean-mouthed Texas/Louisiana alpha males she writes so well as heroes.

Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dieser Thriller mit einem Schuss Erotik hat mir wieder sehr gut gefallen. In heißen Destiny/Louisiana treffen Sayre und Beck aufeinander, werden Mordfälle geklärt, geht es um eine Gießerei und deren unzureichende Sicherheitsmaßnahmen und so manches Geheimnis.

09/10 Punkte von mir. Mehr erfahrt ihr in meiner Rezension: .
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“done. Why did he stick around? Why would he force that encounter with you on the road, and that night at the diner . . .” He looked at Chris as though willing him to fill in the blanks, but Chris’s implacable eyes gave away nothing. “Wait,” Beck said, “I just remembered something. When Watkins came into the diner, I remember him looking surprised to see us there. But it was only me he was surprised to see, wasn’t it? He said he was there for a business . . . Ah,” he said with sudden enlightenment. “The payoff. He was meeting you there to get his money. “That was the night of Billy’s accident. I’d just come from the hospital. Our unscheduled meeting in the diner prevented you from conducting your transaction with Watkins. No wonder he was so angry that night on the road. He still hadn’t been paid. He was getting antsy. The heat was shifting from you onto him. In desperation, he went to Sayre and got Scott focused on the fratricide angle. That brought things to a head, so you arranged for a meeting with Watkins at the camp this morning.” Chris grinned. “I bet you aced law school, didn’t you? You’re actually very sharp. But, Beck, the only thing I would swear to under oath is that Slap Watkins came crashing through the door of the cabin, waving a knife and telling me he was going to kill his second Hoyle and how giddy he was at the prospect.” “I have no doubt that’s what happened, Chris. He just arrived earlier than you expected. He wanted to get the jump on you because he didn’t trust you. Justifiably. Even Watkins was smart enough to realize that you weren’t about to hand over money and let him walk away from that last meeting. He signed his own death warrant the minute he agreed to kill Danny.” “Please, Beck. Let’s not get sentimental over Slap. A double cross was his plan from the very beginning. Why do you think he left that matchbook in the cabin?” Beck mentally stepped back from himself and considered his options. He could leave now. Simply turn around and walk out. Go to Sayre. Live out the rest of his days loving her, and to hell with Chris and Huff, their treachery and corruption, to hell with their stinking, maiming, life-taking foundry. He was so damn weary of the struggle and the pretense. He longed to throw off this mantle of responsibility, to forget he ever knew the Hoyles and let the devil take them—if he would have them. That was what he wanted to do. Or he could stay and do what he had committed to do. As appealing as the former option was, the latter was preordained. “Slap Watkins didn’t plant the matchbook in the cabin, Chris.” He held Chris’s stare for several seconds, before adding, “I did.” • • • George” 0 likes
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